# Indirect Multivariate Response Linear Regression

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm

Lind 305

Adam Rothman (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

We propose a new class of estimators of the multivariate response linear regression coefficient matrix that exploits the assumption that the response and predictors have a joint multivariate Normal distribution. This allows us to indirectly estimate the regression coefficient matrix through shrinkage estimation of the parameters of the inverse regression, or the conditional distribution of the predictors given the responses. We establish a convergence rate bound for estimators in our class and we study two examples. The first example estimator exploits an assumption that the inverse regression's coefficient matrix is sparse. The second example estimator exploits an assumption that the inverse regression's coefficient matrix is rank deficient. These estimators do not require the popular assumption that the forward regression coefficient matrix is sparse or has small Frobenius norm. Using simulation studies, we show that our example estimators outperform relevant competitors for some data generating models.